Amber McNeel Art

Amber McNeel Art

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If I could say in words what my paintings reveal about my inner feelings, my sequestered emotions finding escape in the dawn of description, I would have no need to paint.

My name is Amber McNeel. I am in my 40's, married, am a mother and grandmother, and have been expressing emotions through paint and canvas for about ten years. I tend to paint in abstract or pop art styles with bright colors being the predominant color scheme even though the bright can't hold back all my dark. My series include a collection of tastefully nude contemporary portraits called "Impressions of Expression", a pop art focused portrait series that includes wpap art and abstract portraiture titled "POPular portraits", and the Abstraction series which consists of abstract and pour paintings.

What is my art about? All I can say is that every painting starts with a compulsion to exhale emotions that are foreign, frightening, or frustrating. From there pure unadulterated emotion takes over and fingers and hands spread acrylic across a canvas leaving behind blaring echoes of my desires, my pains, my passions, and my very soul. The bright colors attempt to hide the sorrow and heartaches just as I try to hide behind a smile in real life. Each painting is a page directly out of my personal diary, another tale of lovers lost, anger amplified, or damages long disguised.

For me every painting is a window into the recesses of my soul. The colors may be bright but the dark seeps through showing a glimpse into my inner and oft suppressed feelings.

The body painting series is my diary: a direct expression of my feelings. All the emotions I repress are brought to the surface with paint. I use only my fingers as brushes letting my feelings flow out of me onto canvas.

Whereas the body series is my hidden truth, the pop art and portrait art pieces represent the cheerful and fake facade I wear for daily life. The bright colors mimicking the makeup we all paint ourselves with to distract from our perceived flaws. Although lacking the easily identified emotional depth of the body series, they have a dark depth of their own for anyone who can look beyond the cheerful colors.

The Abstraction series is what I paint when I am wanting to have fun with paint. It's my experimental process when the "I wonder what this will do" mentality is on display. They tend to be happy and carefree and can incorporate all types of media and methods from wax to collage.

I also do graphic design and sell those designs across the web at places like redbubble and cafepress, and I sell graphic designs on shirts through amazon under the dallastxart brand name. My works can also be viewed at dallastxart.com as well.




Pop Art Portrait



Abstraction



Impressions of Expression